Learn MEDICAL Vocabulary in English


Hi again. Welcome back to www.engvid.com. I'm Adam. Today's lesson is a bit more practical,

especially if you're going to be going to travel in an English-speaking country, you

might want to know some of these words. We're going to look at some medical vocabulary,

and to talk about the issues that you're facing. Okay?

First of all, let's break down the medical vocabulary to three sections. We have injuries,

we have illnesses, we have diseases. Okay? First thing to understand, an injury is always

about the physical body. Okay? It's bones, it's tissues, it's skin, it's all these things.

Illness is inside the body, but it's usually shorter. Okay? It doesn't last a long time,

and you can usually get rid of it; you can fix it somehow. Diseases, on the other hand,

they're also inside, but they take a long time and quite often they can kill you. Okay?

Some diseases, nothing you can do about them; there's no cure for them. But some diseases,

you can treat. Okay? We'll talk about that as well.

You can treat them, but there's no cure necessarily.

So, let's start with injury. An injury to your physical body can come in different forms.

All of these are called "wound", "wound", it sounds like an "oo" sound. "Wound". Okay?

A wound is when you do something to physically harm your body.

A "burn". If you touch the stove... You're pulling out bread from the oven, you touch

it. Or the stove, you're cooking something and you touch the hot plate, you will burn

your hand. Okay? So, if you burn your hand, it'll stink a little bit, it will hurt a lot,

but you can put some lotion on it, take care of it.

A "break". Now, if you go skiing and by accident you fall down, you can break your leg. Or

if you go bicycling, like off-road, like trail biking, you fall down, you break your leg,

break your arm, break something. Like: "crack", a bone inside somewhere broke.

But you could also fall and "sprain" something. A sprain means like almost a break. Like,

for example, you fall down on your ankle... You can't see my ankle. It's down there, but

I'm like twisting it. If I fall down on it, I won't break my bone, but it will get all

swollen. Okay? It'll puff up. It'll be blue and black, and very, very painful. And maybe

I won't be able to walk on it, but I didn't break anything. Okay? So, these are examples

of injuries.

Next, we have illness. Now, everybody gets ill at some time. If you say "sickness", it

means the same thing. Sickness/illness, exactly the same thing. You can get a "cold". [Coughs]

And sneezing, and coughing, and whatever.

You can get a "flu" will usually be with a... Usually comes with a fever. Many of you know

"influenza", so we just say "flu" for short. Okay? This is not very fun. You sit in bed

for a few days, but eventually it goes away, hopefully.

And we always... We often talk about a "bug". Now, when we talk about a bug, we're talking

usually about a virus. So we say: "There's a bug going around." So during certain times

of the year, you'll get on the bus and somebody on the bus is sick or somebody coughed and

then grabbed onto the handle. Then you come on the bus, you grab the handle. The bug comes

inside you, and then the next day you're ill. You have a flu. You have a cold. You have

something. So we say there's a bug going around.

Next, we have a disease. Now, a disease is a very harsh thing. Okay? There is mental

diseases, there is physical diseases. Something that is "chronic" means that it continues

for a long time; it doesn't go away. Like even if I have-[coughs]-a chronic cough, it

means I'm always coughing; it doesn't go away.

Then, if you get tested and you find out that, for example, you had a tumour let's say. You

had something growing inside you, you think maybe it's cancer, you go get it tested and

then you find out it's "benign". It means it's not dangerous. It's not going to do anything

to you. It won't develop into the disease.

But then there are some diseases that are "terminal". "Terminal" means end. So, basically,

if you have a terminal disease, you're going to die. Okay? Sad, but true. That's how it

works. Cancer is a terminal disease in most cases. In some cases, it goes away for a little

while, but it can come back. But if you have a terminal disease, you're probably going

to pass away.

Now, we "heal" injuries. Okay? You go to a doctor, you go to the hospital, they do something,

they fix your arm. Then eventually, after a little bit of time, your broken arm, your

broken bone heals.

For an illness, you go to a doctor and he prescribes a remedy. We'll talk about different

types of treatments another time, but a remedy is something that you use to fix an illness.

"Remedy" can be a noun. You go for a remedy. Or a verb, you can remedy the illness.

Now, a disease, you "treat" over time. You do all kinds of things to treat the disease,

and you hope that somebody finds a cure. I mean, some diseases have cures. You go to

the doctor, he gives you something and you're cured. This can also be a noun or a verb.

Lastly, when we talk about doctors, everybody thinks there's only one word. For example,

if you're writing an essay, see: "Doctor, doctor, doctor, doctor". Other ways to say

"doctor", "doctor", of course. "Physician", a physician is somebody who takes care of

sick people. A "pediatrician", now this is just one type of doctor, but this is the most

common type. If you have a family doctor, he or she is a pediatrician. And, of course,

we can just go by their qualifications, "MD", "Medical Doctor", "Doctor of Medicine", however

you want to say it. Okay?

So here's a start to your medical vocabulary learning. Join us again another time. We'll

look at different treatments for different types of medical situations.

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